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WWE NXT results, live blog (Dec. 12, 2023): Deadline fallout


Here's a place to check the results and comment along with the newest episode of WWE NXT, airing live on Tuesday night at 8 pm Eastern time slot on USA Network.

Advertised for the Dec. 12 show from the WWE Performance Center: Dijak gets a chance to make Eddy Thorpe pay for messing with him during the Iron Survivor Challenge when they go one-on-one. We should also get lots of other follow-up on the events of Deadline, like Cora Jade returning to attack Women’s champ Lyra Valkyria, and the latest twists & turns in the “Who attacked Trick Williams?” saga now that Williams won a shot at NXT titleholder Ikja Dragunov.

The recently returned Nikkita Lyons is being advertised for an appearance, as she looks for revenge against the person who injured her in story — women’s Iron Survivor Blair Davenport. Plus, the Men’s Breakout Tournament starts, and the Meta-Four look to move on from their feud with Alpha Academy when Noam Dar, Oro Mensah & Lash Legend take on Josh Briggs, Brooks Jensen & Fallon Henley. And more!

Come right back here at 8 pm ET when the NXT live blog kicks off once the show starts on USA. A running record of everything that happens will be below this line here.

Enjoy the show!


The chamber was in confusion all the voices shouting loud. I could only just hear a voice quite near say, “Please help me through the crowd.” Said if I helped her through, she could help me too, but I have to liveblog this here pro wrestling show for you, folks.

The show opens with Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams arriving at the arena.

Trick takes a minute to talk to assorted press about his upcoming title match while Hayes just slips into the building.

We get a recap of NXT Deadline from Saturday.

Backstage, Carmelo Hayes is down and out and clutching his knee, referees attending to him.

Trick Williams rushes to his side to check on him before we cut away.

Cora Jade is in the ring and on the mic. She says it’s been four long, hard, difficult months, but not for her, for us. On Saturday the clouds parted and the sun returned, and she knows we were crying on our Cora Jade body pillows, but it’s fine now, he’s back and everything’s okay.

She says nobody was talking about the women in the Iron Survivor Challenge, they were talking about her standing tall with the title in her hand.

Enter Lyra Valkyria.

She reminds Cora that she blindsided her to hold that title up and notes that four months off have changed nothing about her, but Lyra has changed dramatically and now she’s the champion.

Enter Blair Davenport.

She crows about winning Iron Survivor Challenge and tells Lyra she should be focused on her. Valkyria says she and Cora should be freiends, given how they love jumping folks from behind.

Enter Nikkita Lyons, dressed like a K-Mart genie at the renaissance faire.

She attacks Blair and helps Lyra stand tall.

Meta-Four make their entrance and we go to break.

Back from commercial, new NXT North American Champion Dragon Lee is interviewed.

He says he won the title as a replacement for Wes Lee and he’s going to defend it just like he would.

Brooks Jensen, Fallon Henley, & Josh Briggs vs. Meta-Four (Lash Legend, Noam Dar, & Oro Mensah) (Mixed Tag Team Match)

Brawling before the bell, things quickly settle into Legend and Henley going at it, Fallon with a sleeper, Lash backs her into the corner but she stays on her back! Fighting over a whip, Legend clocks her with an elbow, blocks a sunset flip, Henley with a kick to the knee, springboard into a wheelbarrow blocked!

Tags made, Jensen and Mensah, whip to the corner, big hip toss from Brooks! Oro turns him around, chops in the corner, we see Tiffany Stratton watching backstage. Off the ropes, leapfrog, twisting neckbreaker, Briggs and Jensen in control but Lash military presses Fallon into them on the floor and we go to break!

Back from commercial, Dar in control on Jensen, overhead elbows, snapmare into a cover, only two. Brooks with a desperate lariat, the path is clear, crawling, the tag is made but Jakara Jackson runs interference and the referee doesn’t see it and waves Josh back to the apron!

Meta-Four running hard on Jensen, Lash takes Fallon to the floor, Tiffany Stratton comes down and throws hands with Henley! Brooks gets the tag for real now, Josh with right hands, lighting ‘em up...

Brooks Jensen, Fallon Henley, & Josh Briggs win by pinfall with a lariat from Briggs on Noam Dar.

Back in the trainer’s room, the medic clears Carmelo Hayes and Trick asks if he knows who did it.

Melo says he doesn’t, but he knows somebody who hit them like this before, but he doesn’t want to talk about it here and now. Trick reminds him he’s focus on Ilja Dragunov, and Carmelo says they’ll both handle their business, and we go to break.

Back from commercial, we’re introduced to the Men’s Breakout Tournament field, consisting of Trey Bearhill Dion Lennox, Luca Crusifino, Tavion Heights, Keanu Carver, Chase U’s Riley Osborne, ersatz Catch Point’s Myles Borne, and Oba Femi.

Lexis King attacks the field from behind, smashing Trey Bearhill with a steel chair!

Myles Borne vs. Oba Femi (Men’s Breakout Tournament First Round Match)

Side headlock, shot off, shoulder block, Femi is fired up, Borne hits his leg and follows it with a dropkick! Dropkicks in the corner, right hands and kicks, Oba fires up and lays him out with a lariat! Blocking punches and throwing his own, dropping Borne with another lariat, back suplex lift into a press drop!

Snap scoop powerslam from Borne, Femi with a pop-up drop and then...

Oba Femi wins by pinfall with a pop-up powerbomb.

Nikkita Lyons chats with Lyra Valkyria backstage.

Lyra talks about all the various forces coming for her title reign and says she won’t let Cora poison the division. Nikkita says she’s going hard after Blair Davenport after she took her out for months. Lyra opens her locker door and discovers Tatum Paxley has pasted a picture of her face onto a picture of Becky Lynch’s body from her title win.

Dragon Lee is shown walking backstage to send us to break.

Back from commercial, Tiffany Stratton is interviewed backstage.

She says she’s sick and tired of piece of trash Fallon Henley who should be serving people like her and she’s poor etc and she’s gonna show her where she belongs in life.

Dragon Lee (c) vs. Tyler Bate (NXT North American Championship Open Challenge)

Snapmare, elbow from the champion, off the ropes, drop down, leapfrog, drop down, Bate catches him into an airplane spin and follows it with a headlock takeover! Trading tijeras, stalemate! Bate off the ropes, neckbreaker drop connects, and we go to break!

Back from commercial, Lee striking away in the corner, whip across, Tyler cuts him off, diving uppercut connects, dropkick follows! Bate off the ropes, taking him out with a suicide dive! Back inside, superkick counters the headstand in the corner, another kick sends Bate to the floor! Dragon off the ropes, suicida takes the challenger out!

Back inside, hesitation dropkick on the button, cover... NOPE! Tyler catches him, airplane spin in full rotation, right hands on the followup! Big boot from the champion gets an elbow, rebound him off the ropes for a German suplex but Bate pops right up! Rebound lariat connects... SO CLOSE!

Powerbomb attempt reversed, Tyler Driver reversed... BATE KICKS OUT! Rising knee from the champ, Bang connects, rebound, duck the lariat, off the ropes...

Dragon Lee wins by pinfall with Operation Dragon, retaining the NXT North American Championship.

Josh Briggs, Brooks Jensen, and Fallon Henley are backstage chatting about their win.

Briggs wants to challenge Noam Dar for the Heritage Cup but Brooks counsels him that he’s maybe not a long-distance guy, but seeing Josh’s disappointed reaction he comes around to supporting his pal’s quest for the title.

Donovan Dijak makes his entrance to send us to break.

Back from commercial, Lexis King is rambling at Ava Raine in front of “Heartbreak Man” Shawn Michaels’ door and she tells him not to go in because everyone in the Men’s Breakout Tournament wants to kick his ass.

He’s cocky about it and hits on her (gross), and she tells him he’s in the tournament in Trey Bearhill’s sport. He hits on her some more and she rolls her eyes at him.

Donovan Dijak vs. Eddy Thorpe

Thorpe and Dijak brawling before the bell, Donovan yells at him about costing him Iron Survivor but Eddy puts him into the steel steps! In the ring finally and we get a bell!

Dijak rams him into the corner, right hands, stampeding Thorpe into the corner so hard the top turnbuckle snaps and the top rope goes limp! Eddy in agony, Tall Don hammers him in the ribs with the loose turnbuckle...

Eddy Thorpe wins by disqualification.

Post-match, Dijak hits him with the turnbuckle over and over until referees swarm. He leaves briefly and returns to hit a gutbuster into the turnbuckle, sending Thorpe crashing to the floor in agony!

Andre Chase presides over a fundraising meeting where the bake sale and car wash make a few hundred bucks put together. Duke Hudson points out what a drop in the bucket that is, and Chase promises he’ll take care of it. Hudson says he looks like shit and SCRYPTS arrives with a briefcase and a proposition, leaving Andre in thought as we go to break.

Back from commercial, Blair Davenport and Cora Jade chat backstage about how Lyra Valkyria and Nikkita Lyons suck and how Blair will be champion when Cora gets her title shot.

Keanu Carver vs. Riley Osborne (NXT Men’s Breakout Tournament First Round Match)

Collar and elbow, Carver with a slam while keeping the lockup going, Osborne reverses to a side headlock, backflip over, Gedo Clutch for two. Dropkick, standing moonsault, cover for two! Slingshot back in from the apron, Keanu bowls him over! Big fallaway slam follows, shoulder blocks to the kidneys, rear chinlock with a knee to the back!

Riley trying to mount a comeback... POUNCE! To the apron, Osborne recovers with a kick, setting him up, off the top...

Riley Osborne wins by pinfall with a shooting star press.

Dragon Lee is walking backstage when Drew Gulak’s ersatz Catch Point rolls up.

Damon Kemp claims they just want friendly conversation and Drew asks if this touching tribute to Wes Lee is a one-off. Dragon responds in Spanish before Gulak clarifies to ask if the challenge is every week, Lee confirms that it is, and Drew accepts. Dragon asks which one of them is fighting and Gulak tells him he’ll find out next week.

Nikkita Lyons & Lyra Valkyria make their entrance to send us to break.

Back from commercial, Thea Hail approaches Riley Osborne.

He really appreciates her cheering, she stumbles over herself to say she appreciates him and tells him he smells nice. He says he’ll catch her in class later and leaves, and Jacy Jayne emerges with an awkward thumbs up.

Kiana James and a pal roll up to call Thea delusional.

Blair Davenport & Cora Jade vs. Lyra Valkyria & Nikkita Lyons

Valkyria and Davenport to start, hard in the feeling out, Blair barely ducks a kick and tags out! Elbows backing Jade off, headlock takeover, Lyons comes in hot but the heels are working together pretty well and Davenport cuts her off with a neckbreaker for a nearfall as we go to break.

Back from commercial, Jade trying to block Lyons from making a tag, struggling, Nikkita with a schoolboy for two. Elbow cuts her off, Lyons with an upkick, tag to Valkyria! Lyra in hot with kicks, fisherman suplex, Blair runs away! Off the ropes, wrecking ball dropkick connects!

The match breaks down into “everybody do something cool” territory, in the back and forth, Davenport hits her Kamigoye, blind tag...

Blair Davenport & Cora Jade win by pinfall with a lateral press from Jade on Lyra Valkyria.

Post-match, Tatum Paxley throws Nikkita Lyons out of the ring and stalks Lyra into the corner, gently cradling her.

Hank Walker and Tank Ledger are backstage talking about their match against Gallus next week.

Gallus roll up to make fun of them for not being a real team and Hank and Tank walk off.

Joe Gacy honks the horn on a forklift and gets out wearing a hard hat and carrying a cup of coffee, rambling about how the only thing better than a Joe is two Joes and a cup of Joe.

Commentary hypes next week’s show up.

Trick Williams is shown walking backstage to send us to break.

Back from commercial we get some hype for WrestleMania week tickets going on sale.

Trick Williams makes his entrance and gets on the mic.

He says Deadline was a movement and usually he’d come out here and cut up on his opponent, but not this time. He runs down a bunch of celebrity riffs on his name before saying he’s Trick James, bitch, and in three weeks the baddest man in NXT will take on the hottest NXT superstar under the sun.

Enter Ilja Dragunov.

He talks about Trick pushing him to a whole new level and he’s proud of him. He couldn’t watch Iron Survivor Challenge live because he was too busy preparing for his own match, but he went back and saw Trick snatching victory from the jaws of defeat, and he rode a wave of momentum that’s barely ever seen before.

He says this with respect for Williams’ journey, but at New Years Evil it comes to an end. Trick tells him if he looked him in the eyes a few months ago he would have played it cool and then wondered if he has what it takes to face Ilja Dragunov, but this ain’t a few months ago, and now he’s the man here in NXT.

And in a few weeks, he’s gonna beat him and take the NXT Championship. Ilja says he likes him, he really does, but he’s suffered too much to become champion and he will do whatever it takes to remain NXT Champion.

Enter Carmelo Hayes.

Trick says now’s not the time, but Melo has business he needs to take care of. For months they’ve dragged his name through the dirt, but he knows exactly who attacked Williams, and it’s the same guy who attacked him. Dragunov tries to leave them to handle their business but Melo tells him to stay, because it was him.

Ilja looks confused and asks him what the hell he’s talking about. Hayes says nobody gains more from separating them than Dragunov does. Ilja says he knew he was arrogant, but delusional, too? He doesn’t know what kind of boogeyman Melo is creating but he didn’t attack him, if indeed he was attacked.

Ilja asks Trick to look him in the eyes, man to man, and see that he didn’t attack him. Hayes says it’s too late for all that, Williams tells him he thinks he got his point across, and Carmelo says Dragunov needs to have something taken from him so he can feel like they do, they tug of war over the belt, Hayes yanks and the belt goes into Trick’s face!

That’s the show, folks.

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